How to Create Animations in PPT

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How to Create Animations in PPT
Animations in Microsoft PowerPoint software are helpful in making creative presentations. (Presentation background image by Koriolis from

PowerPoint is software manufactured by Microsoft. This software is comprised of tools which allow you to customise animation schemes for the design and development of slideshow presentations. PowerPoint 2010 has four types of animations--entrance, emphasis, exit and motion paths--which can be added to a master slide, individual slides or slide layouts. Animations also can be used alone or combined. PowerPoint 2010 enables users to add audio to presentations, import and edit videos or share presentations from a smartphone.

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  1. 1

    Create an entrance animation. Select and click the Animations tab. On the screen or stage of the PowerPoint presentation, click on the object that you want to animate. Right click on the arrow pointing downward; this arrow is on the top right of the Animations tab. You may select animation entrance options such as appear, fade, fly in, wipe, shape, wheel, zoom, swivel and bounce.

  2. 2

    Click on Animation Effects which enables you to change the direction or shape of the animation entrance. For example, if you click on a picture on the screen and select the fade animation, the picture will appear lightly, then darken on the screen. When you select an animation effect to fade the picture in an inward direction, The picture appears to sprinkle onto the screen, lightly on the edges of the picture and dark in the centre.

  3. 3

    Create an emphasis animation. Emphasis features include pulse, colour pulse, teeter, spin, desaturate, darken and lighten. Click a picture on the screen, click the Add Animation tab, then click on the Effect Options button. Roll your mouse over each option to determine which one you want to use, then click on an effect option to select it. Identify the Exit effect options, and select an Exit effect for the selected picture on the screen. You now have created an animation that affects what the picture does when it appears, and how the picture leaves the screen.

  4. 4

    Create a motion path animation. A motion path animation makes a picture on the PowerPoint screen or stage move in a straight, circular or curved path. Draw a track or line with a trolley or rectangle on it, then draw logs or circles above the rectangle. Click the Insert tab at the top of the screen, scroll to auto shapes and click on Auto shapes. Click on the lines feature to draw a line on the screen. Click the Insert tab, scroll to Auto shapes and click on the Basic shapes feature to draw a rectangle.

  5. 5

    Click Insert, Auto shapes and Basic shapes to draw the circles above the rectangle. Place two circles beneath the rectangle to represent wheels. Group the objects by selecting all the objects and pressing Shift+Ctrl+G.

  6. 6

    Right-click the object created in step five, and select Custom Animation. Click Add Effect and select Motion Paths and click on the Right feature. This will move the object on a straight path to the right.

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